Saturday, August 20, 2011

How to Cut Hair - Anatomy of the Head

It would possibly seem quite questionable initially to talk regarding the basic anatomy of the head in hair creation, but when trying to learn how to cut hair, these things are the techniques needed in order for you to perform your hair styling magic. We will attempt explaining the importance of those points when hair dressing. Knowing the right reference point to any particular area of the head and what these indicate can greatly benefit you in your understanding of what's required so as for you to perform a specific style of hair makeover on any given client, male or female.

Below are the following individual terms that are allocated to particular parts of the head that compile the make of the head and how their directional flow can ultimately affect the haircut.

The Top
This in itself is kind of self explaining, it's the part that is directly behind the forehead and is the uppermost area on the scalp.

The Parietal Ridge
This is the position which describes the top of the head, the area that begins to curve downwards to become the side half of the head. The term parietal ridge really refers back to the bony ridge along the higher side half of the head. The Parietal Ridge begins approximately 3 finger-widths in length from on top of the top part of the ear.

The Temple
The Temples are described as the little areas slightly above and slightly forward of the front of the ears on each side of the head. These are the pulsing points for blood circulation to the brain area and flex points when contracting the facial muscles. When you grit your teeth together and feel them with your fingers, you'll be able to feel the temple muscles below the skin flexing.

The Crown
The Crown half of the head area refers back to the top space towards the higher back half of the skull. The Crown begins at the point where the top of the head begins a curve downwards toward the rear half of the head and ends at the point which is just higher than the occipital bone. It is almost a semi-circular area.

The Occipital Bone
The Occipital Bone is described as a small bone sticking out at the bottom of the skull, positioned where the skull joins up toward the neck. It can be very easily felt through the skin of the scalp at the very bottom center-half area of the skull.

The Nape
The Nape area refers to the areas of the head that start to curve off from the Occipital Bone towards the bottom half hairline of the neck area and continues to the hairline's on each side of the head almost directly behind the ears.

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